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  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Climate Adaptation: Lessons from New York for New Zealand

    Resilient Coastal Communities and Climate Adaptation: Lessons from New York for New Zealand

    A Fulbright scholar from the South Pacific shares the lessons she will bring home after a research fellowship with the Climate School’s Resilient Coastal Communities Project.

  • New Study Helps to Explain ‘Silent Earthquakes’ Along New Zealand’s North Island

    New Study Helps to Explain ‘Silent Earthquakes’ Along New Zealand’s North Island

    Underwater mountains may help to dampen movements along faults that otherwise have the potential to generate large earthquakes.

  • The ‘Zealandia Switch’: Missing Link in Big Natural Climate Shifts?

    The ‘Zealandia Switch’: Missing Link in Big Natural Climate Shifts?

    Movements of winds in the Southern Hemisphere may be the key to waxing and waning of ice ages, says a new study.

  • Did New Zealand Dust Influence the Last Ice Age?

    Did New Zealand Dust Influence the Last Ice Age?

    Bess Koffman, a postdoctoral researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, recently traveled to New Zealand to collect dust ground-up by glaciers during the last ice age. In this photo essay, she explains how she collected the dust, what analysis looks like in the lab and what she hopes to learn.

  • Earth’s Climate History, Written in Dust

    Earth’s Climate History, Written in Dust

    Dust blowing onto the oceans can help algae grow and pull CO2 out of the atmosphere. It influences the radiative balance of the planet by reflecting sunlight away. Scientists want to know what role this plays in the coming and going of the ice ages, and how it affects our climate.

  • A Natural Wonder Rediscovered

    A Natural Wonder Rediscovered

    Scientists using underwater sensors to explore Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand have uncovered remnants of the “Pink Terraces,” once considered the eighth natural wonder of the world. Lamont-Doherty scientist Vicki Ferrini was working with colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and GNS Science of New Zealand at the site, near Rotorua, to map the…

  • Maori Values; Modern Solutions

    Maori Values; Modern Solutions

    New Zealand’s longest river is also its most polluted, but Maori tribesmen have help to offer that goes beyond technology.

Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Climate Adaptation: Lessons from New York for New Zealand

    Resilient Coastal Communities and Climate Adaptation: Lessons from New York for New Zealand

    A Fulbright scholar from the South Pacific shares the lessons she will bring home after a research fellowship with the Climate School’s Resilient Coastal Communities Project.

  • New Study Helps to Explain ‘Silent Earthquakes’ Along New Zealand’s North Island

    New Study Helps to Explain ‘Silent Earthquakes’ Along New Zealand’s North Island

    Underwater mountains may help to dampen movements along faults that otherwise have the potential to generate large earthquakes.

  • The ‘Zealandia Switch’: Missing Link in Big Natural Climate Shifts?

    The ‘Zealandia Switch’: Missing Link in Big Natural Climate Shifts?

    Movements of winds in the Southern Hemisphere may be the key to waxing and waning of ice ages, says a new study.

  • Did New Zealand Dust Influence the Last Ice Age?

    Did New Zealand Dust Influence the Last Ice Age?

    Bess Koffman, a postdoctoral researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, recently traveled to New Zealand to collect dust ground-up by glaciers during the last ice age. In this photo essay, she explains how she collected the dust, what analysis looks like in the lab and what she hopes to learn.

  • Earth’s Climate History, Written in Dust

    Earth’s Climate History, Written in Dust

    Dust blowing onto the oceans can help algae grow and pull CO2 out of the atmosphere. It influences the radiative balance of the planet by reflecting sunlight away. Scientists want to know what role this plays in the coming and going of the ice ages, and how it affects our climate.

  • A Natural Wonder Rediscovered

    A Natural Wonder Rediscovered

    Scientists using underwater sensors to explore Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand have uncovered remnants of the “Pink Terraces,” once considered the eighth natural wonder of the world. Lamont-Doherty scientist Vicki Ferrini was working with colleagues from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and GNS Science of New Zealand at the site, near Rotorua, to map the…

  • Maori Values; Modern Solutions

    Maori Values; Modern Solutions

    New Zealand’s longest river is also its most polluted, but Maori tribesmen have help to offer that goes beyond technology.